Fee Brothers Plum Bitters

  • Rating: 5
  • Value: 5
Type: ,
Proof: None (Water Base)
Age: Not Applicable
Price: $5.00 - 4 oz. (118 ml)
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Only plum bitters commercially available that we know of.

Notes: Fee Brothers has been in business since April 1,1864 in Rochester, New York (home of!). Along with being one of the few remaining manufacturers of bitters, they also are one of the largest bar mixes and supply firms in the U.S. and produce flavorings and syrups for coffee shops, restaurants, etc.

First Impression: Smells like bitter quinine, caramel. Scents of bitter zest of cinnamon bark also salicylic acid/willow bark (aspirin)

Appearance: Clear slightly brown tinge to it, thick and slightly viscous – reminds me of aloe juice drinks in texture.

Taste: Bitter, slightly glycerin thick with plum/cherry and citric acid/orange, with a heavy dose of Chinese cinnamon, plum and cinchona bark taste. Seems also reminiscent somehow of red licorice with plum and cinnamon. They seem to be using their standard bittering agent which tend to taste the same across their flavors. Slightly artificial tail or aftertaste is reminiscent of a sour gummi candy probably will be unnoticed in a drink rather than stand alone scrutiny.

Drinks: Not really sure of how to use this one.

Bottle: Simple paper wrapped clear glass bottle, with a screwcap closure. It is distinguished from the other bottles by the dark ( and somewhat flat) cranberry red color of the printing and dark red colored shrinkwrap around the top and neck.

Other: Other varieties of bitters include: Aztec ChocolateCherryCelery,CranberryGrapefruitLemonMintOld Fashioned Aromatic (Angostura),(West Indian) OrangePeachRhubarbBlack Walnut , and the Whisky Barrel series Whiskey Barrel Aged 1 (2007) , Whiskey Barrel Aged 2 (2008),Whiskey Barrel Aged 3 (2009), Whiskey Barrel Aged 4, (2010),  and Whiskey Barrel Aged 5  (2011)

Final Thoughts: Somewhat of a plum bitter and little else.  An interesting addition to any cocktailian’s bar supplies I suppose but of somewhat limited utility. However it may be a fun item to experiment with – anything you come up with using it is probably a new and unique drink that can show your creativity. This product is the only Plum bitters commercially available in U.S., that we know of. . .


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